Carnegie Mellon University

NASSLLI 2018 @ CMU - June 23-29

North American Summer School on Logic, Language, and Information

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The deadline for submitting course proposals to NASSLLI has been extended to Oct. 9.

We invite proposals for courses and workshops that address topics of relevance to NASSLLI's central goal. We particularly encourage submissions which illustrate cross-disciplinary approaches, especially courses showing the applicability of computational methods to theoretical work, and the use of theoretical work in practical applications. Courses involving a hands-on component (e.g. actual experience with NLP tools, coding, or machine learning algorithms) will be very welcome. We also welcome proposals from researchers and practitioners working on relevant areas in the technology industries. NASSLLI welcomes a variety of approaches and methodologies (logics, cognitive and computational modeling, machine learning, experimental approaches) as long as the material is relevant to language, information or communication. All courses should be accessible to a heterogeneous audience of motivated graduate students. By default, courses and workshops meet for 90 minutes on each of five days. Classes may be co-taught by up to two people. (See below for more information on workshop organization.)

Courses and workshops should aim to be accessible to an interdisciplinary, graduate level audience. Courses may bridge multiple areas, or focus on a single area, in which case instructors should include introductory background, try to avoid specialized notation that cannot be applied more widely, and spend some time discussing how the topic is relevant to other fields. We encourage potential attendees and instructors to check out previous NASSLLI programs.

Workshop schedules are identical to course schedules, but usually consist of a series of presentations by different researchers; they may also include panel discussions. A workshop will be more accessible if its program is bracketed by broader-audience talks that introduce and summarize the week's presentations. Please note that NASSLLI cannot provide reimbursement for travel and accommodation for workshop presenters. Workshop proposals must include information about how the organizers expect these expenses to be covered.

Course and workshop proposals from women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged.

Submission Details

Submissions should be submitted using EasyChair and should indicate:

  1. person(s) in charge of the course/workshop and affiliation(s)
  2. type of event (one week course or workshop)
  3. course/workshop title
  4. an outline of the course/workshop up to 500 words
  5. Special equipment (if any) needed to teach the course
  6. a statement about the instructor's experience in teaching (including in interdisciplinary settings)
  7. anticipated travel costs: workshop proposals must include:
    • acknowledgement of the organizers’ understanding that NASSLLI will not provide reimbursement for invited participants
    • an explanation of how these costs will be covered.

Financial & Practical Details

Course instructors and workshop organizers
All instructors and workshop organizers will receive a reduced rate for registration. We will aim to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for at most two instructors per course, and at most two organizers per workshop. In addition, we will make available appropriate accommodation for participating faculty, and will aim to cover the accommodation costs for instructors/organizers utilizing this accommodation, subject to the two-person per course/workshop limit. The availability of reimbursement will depend on available funding, which is still uncertain. We encourage all instructors/workshop organizers to fund their own travel and accommodation if this is feasible, since this will allow us to use more of our funding for student scholarships and for reimbursement to instructors without funding sources.

Please note that reimbursable travel is restricted to direct travel to and from Pittsburgh. (Instructors with more complex travel plans must contact the organizing committee before booking.) Due to federal mandates, we can only reimburse air travel booked on US-based airlines.

Additional information for workshop organizers
NASSLLI2018 cannot reimburse travel, accommodation or registration expenses for lecturers/speakers invited by workshop organizers. Registration for these invitees will be at reduced cost. Workshop proposals should include a plan to obtain funding for reimbursement of invitees, or should state that all invitees will fund their own travel and accommodation.